PAWTUCKET, R.I. – It didn’t take long for a couple of new faces to have an impact on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, it wasn’t enough.
Paul McAnulty had a hand in all four Pawtucket runs to lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 win against the Yankees on Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.
McAnulty finished with two hits – including a home run – and scored two runs and his pinch-runner scored a run as the second-place Red Sox pulled within 2½ games of the IL North Division-leading Yankees.
The loss came the same day as three SWB players were named to the International League all-star team, which will play the Pacific Coast League all-stars July 15 in Portland, Ore. Outfielders Shelley Duncan and Austin Jackson, as well as catcher Chris Stewart, were named to the IL squad.
Catcher Jose Molina played for the Yankees as part of his rehab assignment with SWB. Molina, who is expected to return to the New York Yankees in a few days, was hitless in two at-bats but drove in a run.
Shortstop Ramiro Pena, who played 46 games with the N.Y. Yankees this season, was 2-for-4 with a run scored in his first game played with SWB. Pena had a hit and scored a run in a three-run fourth inning for the Yankees, who took a 3-1 lead at the time.
Third baseman Yurendell DeCaster, who was signed a few days ago by the Yankees out of the Independent Northern League, went 0-for-4 in his SWB debut.
McAnulty’s solo home run in the bottom of the first inning gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead, but the Yankees rallied for three in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Pena and Jackson each hit a single before Duncan followed with an RBI single. Juan Miranda added an RBI double and a Pawtucket error allowed the third run to score.
In the bottom of the fourth, McAnulty doubled and later scored on a two-out SWB error to cut the Yankees’ lead to 3-2. The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth – one run on a Bubba Bell double and the other on a fielder’s choice – to take a 4-3 lead.
The score never changed.
Former major league pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs on five hits en route to picking up the win and raising his record to 6-1. He struck out seven and walked one.
SWB starting pitcher Sergio Mitre allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits before being taken out with one out in the sixth inning. Reliever Mark Melancon pitched 2 2-3 innings without allowing a baserunner.
SWB leadoff hitter Kevin Russo was 0-for-3, but drew a walk to reach base for the 26th consecutive game. Russo has reached base safely in every game since May 4.
HOW THEY SCORED
Pawtucket First: Paul McAnulty hit a two-out solo home run. RED SOX 1, YANKEES 0
SWB Fourth: Ramiro Pena hit a one-out single and went to third on a single by Austin Jackson. Shelley Duncan hit single to score Pena and move Jackson to third. Juan Miranda doubled to score Jackson. Duncan went to third and scored when Jose Molina reached on an error. YANKEES 3, RED SOX 1
Pawtucket Fourth: McAnulty hit a double, went to third on a single by Chris Carter and scored when Bubba Bell reached on a two-out error. YANKEES 3, RED SOX 2
Pawtucket Sixth: McAnulty walked and went to second when Carter was hit by a pitch. Jeff Natale entered as a pinch-runner for McAnulty. Natale went to third and Carter was forced out at second when Aaron Bates reached on a fielder’s choice. Bell hit a double to score Natale and move Bates to third. Bates scored on a groundout by Dusty Brown. RED SOX 4, YANKEES 3
WHAT: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees vs. Pawtucket
WHEN: 6 p.m. today
WHERE: McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, R.I.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Yankees RHP Josh Towers (2-5, 4.89) vs. Red Sox LHP Kris Johnson (3-7, 6.09)
ON DECK: The Yankees return to PNC Field for a four-game series with Pawtucket, beginning with a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday.